Builders Merchants industry helps Variety to improve young lives
The BMF and Crystal Clear Group presented a cheque for £35,518.20 to Colleen Ettridge, Head of Fundraising at Variety, the Children’s Charity last Friday.
Presenting the cheque was John
Newcomb, Chief Executive Officer of the BMF and Martin Randall, Chairman
of the Crystal Clear Group.
A spectacular array of prizes including a Fiat Abarth 595 Tourismo
car, auctioned at the BMF Gala Dinner
held in Budapest in June, helped to raise more than £62k for charity. The funds
raised from the auction have been shared between Variety, the Children’s
Charity and Teenage Cancer Trust, the BMF’s charity of the year.
The Fiat Abarth car donated by Crystal Clear Group; sponsor of the
BMF Gala Dinner held in Budapest, was auctioned live by the man of many
voices Jon Culshaw; a long time supporter of Variety.
John Newcomb, CEO at BMF commented:
“We hoped to raise an exceptional sum for two very deserving
charities and I am unbelievably proud of the industry for achieving even
more than we ever imagined. I’m told that this is the highest sum our
industry has raised for charity in a single night and I would like to
thank everyone who contributed. I must also thank Martin Randall and the
Crystal Clear Group whose donation of a limited edition car caught
everyone’s imagination and made such a significant contribution to the
evening’s overall fundraising.”
Martin Randall, Crystal Clear Group Chairman and Variety patron said:
“I can only echo John’s appreciation of our colleagues in the
industry. Their amazing generosity has raised a huge amount of money and
these valuable funds will help both charities continue to make a
difference to the lives of the people they support.”
In addition to the funds raised through the auction a further £8,235
was donated to Variety in the form of pledges made by the generous BMF
members attending the Gala Dinner.
Nick Shattock, Variety’s Chief Barker commented:
“We are extremely grateful to the BMF and to Crystal Clear Group for
their support. The tremendous generosity of your members will enable
Variety to improve a number of young lives. For the children and
families that we help and support there are often a list of
difficulties; from mobility limitations, speech, sight and hearing
impairment, learning, sensory and behavioural problems. The equipment
that we provide includes Sunshine Coaches, powered wheelchairs,
specialist and sensory equipment and can make a big difference to their
everyday lives; helping them to experience and enjoy a rewarding
: L-R: John Newcomb (BMF), Colleen Ettridge (Variety), Martin Randall (Crystal Clear Group)